Frequently Asked Questions
Psychotherapy refers to a number of related approaches to treating emotional disorders
by psychological techniques rather than by physical means.
It is used to help you learn about yourself.
In some cases you learn by coming to understand your past and how it relates to your present situation. In other cases,
you become aware of typical responses, certain situations that cause problems in your life and learn how to successfully change
How long does psychotherapy take?
Psychotherapy can take a few sessions or many years, depending on
the extent to which issues are explored. Your progress will be evaluated continuously.
How do I prepare for psychotherapy?
Keep an open mind and
allow yourself to develop confidence and trust in the therapist. Being able to be open and honest with your therapist
types of psychotherapy are used?
you talk to your therapist about yourself and your personal problems while he or she suggests ways to help you better understand
your problems and find ways to more effectively cope with these problems.
Psychoanalysis is a form of intensive psychotherapy in which the analyst is a form of intensive psychotherapy
in which the analyst will help you explore deep subconscious feelings and experiences from childhood. Analysis is usually
conducted three or more times a week for a number of years.
Couples counseling is a form of therapy that involves a couple focusing on the problems in their relations.
The therapist encourages improved communication. This type of therapy assumes that behavior is learned and that both
partners can learn new behavior patterns, including better communication. Sometimes, a contract or agreement is written
to specify how behavior will change.
therapyis a form of therapy that treats the family as a whole rather than focusing on individual members. It is
based on the idea that a troubled person cannot be understood separately from his or her home environment. The therapist
encourages open expression of feelings among family members. Family therapy is often used for families with children
who have behavior problems and families dealings with abuse, serious diseases, or other traumatic events.
therapy involves several (usually eight) people with similar problems who don't know each other before meeting regularly
with a therapist. The discuss their problems with other another and with the therapist. Group therapy is most
effective for dealing with personality problems, alcohol and drug dependency, eating disorders, depression, and other problems.